A distinct yacht deserves a distinct name, doesn’t she? Syzygy 818 is the official name for the latest Feadship on sea trials. Seeing delivery soon from the Royal Van Lent shipyard, she has an interesting back story.
Syzygy 818 (pronounced sih-zih-gee) bore the code name Project 818 during construction. The numeral represents both her hull number as well as Chinese numerology. In the latter, 8 is a well-known lucky number. Not coincidentally, if you add each number in Syzygy 818’s name until they equal a single number, you also get 8 (8 + 1 + 8 = 17, and then 1 + 7 = 8). Finally, “syzygy” also holds importance. The word means the nearly straight-line configuration of three planets or other celestial bodies. A lunar eclipse is just one example, since the Earth, the sun, and the moon are in alignment.
The 253’4″ (77.25-meter) megayacht has been mostly confidential since construction began. Recently, though, Feadship livestreamed the launch on YouTube, over about two hours. In addition, it’s now revealing a few more facts about the design and engineering. For instance, the owner wanted “an extraordinary amount of curvaceousness” in both the metal structure as well as the glass, according to the shipyard. Further on the subject of glass, the owner wanted essentially uninterrupted views. While glass technology has made big advances in this area over the years, it needed to advance more before he was satisfied he’d get what he wished. And, finally, Feadship says the client prioritized fuel efficiency.
Although it does not elaborate, perhaps the yard will reveal details on this in the coming months. It pledges to publicize more about Syzygy 818, including information about her general arrangement.